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For Half an Hour Yesterday
Morning It Seemed Ho
Conld Rot BecoTer.
AH Simulation Is at Last Thrown
; Aside by His Eelatives in
i . the Tresence of Death.
And Other Fad Features of the Great Man's
f Illness Kott Admitted by Those
Who Know of Them.
A Sorry Sunday for the Weeping Mem
bers of the Family of One of America's
Greatest Statesmen Mrs. Blaine the
Only One Composed Enough to Look
After Her Husband's Comfort Two
Physicians Almost Constantly With
Him He Had a Premonition of Death
and Wanted to Breathe His Last in
Washington Singular Coincidence of
His Life and That of Secretary Sew
ard The Old Mansion Marked by
Fate Soon to Ee the Scene of a Most
Dramatic Ending to a Series of Life
"Pictures Excitement at the Capital
President Harrison's Solicitude for
the Welfare of His Ex-Secretary of
At 1:30 o'clock thi morning the Blaine
mansion In Washington is shrouded In
darkness -with the exception ot the sick
chamber, where a dim light is bnrninc Drs.
Johnston and Hyatt called at the Maine
mansion at 11 o'clock and found Sir.
Blaine doing so -well that they told the fam-
llytuat they had no apprehension of dis
solution taking placo -within the next 24
"hours. After they left the mansion the
family retired for lie night.
Wasiii-gtok, Dec. la Although the
most alarming reports have been sent
abroad in regard to the imminent death oft
'ex-Secretary Blaine, although knots of
citizens gather constantly on the paTement
in front of the antiqne mansion, and al
though the Evening Star issued an extra
edition at 8 o'clock announcing that the
great statesman was at the point of death
Tand might die at any moment, the patient
Tstill lives, and the doctors say that there is
no sign of immediate danger.
It is a peculiarity of the fiendish disease
ot the kidneys, which is the chief trouble
with Mr. Blaine, that after it has laid waste
the system and reduced its victim to the
last extremity, it toys with him as a cat
does with a mouse, now crushing him to the
lpoint ot killing and then permitting him to
'rally and grow cheerful, giving him -no
Jtwinge of pain, only to strike him down a
little nearer death after hope has revived
in him and his friends.
Bound to Die Where He Koir Lies.
Mr. Blaine lies in the historic room
where that other immortal Secretary of
1 State made a narrow escape from a fearful
'death. It is fitting that two men who
played so important a part in the history of
the nation should die in the bame corner of
r the same fateful chamber. That Mr. Blaine
will die there, not the most sanguine of his
family or friends now doubt. He has
rallied remarkably since his alaiming re
lapse of this moraine, when it was thought
' death was at hand, but, as has been said,
that is one of the phenomena of the dis
ease. His wonderful vitality may carry
him through several of these periodic sink
ings, or the next one may be his last. No
one can telL
It is hardly possible, considering the na
ture ot the disease, that there can be even a
temporary condition that will give hope of
recovery, or even of sufficient strength to
accomplish that removal to a warmer cli
mate that has been mentioned so fre
quently. ?6- The End Not Very Far Offi
T& this late writing the correspondent of
The Dispatch has just had a word with
the physicians, and they say that they do
not apprehend a latal termination to-night
They admit that if not to-night the end
cannot possibly be far away.
One of the strange features of the declin
ing health of Mr. Blaine is that he would
never take himself thoroughly in hand to
effect a cure. As stated in The Dispatch
several weeks ago, at a time when every
body was mystified in regard to the charac
ter of the disease on account of the reticence
of the doctors, Mr. Blaine has been suffer
ing for years from kidney trouble, which
'?Ss'one of the phaesof thatlread affliction
' called "Bright's disease." This was given
out on tne authority of a gentleman who is
'so intimate with the family that the doctors
'talked freely with him. Bright's disease
2 covers a tremendous amount of ignorance of
the doctors. It has a thousand phases, and
lno two ot them are alike.
. Too Good a Start Was Gained.
The most expert physicians have pro
"nounced a patient's kidneyi to be perfectly
sound, when at the same time the waste
rthat should have passed through these in
" dispensable organs has been percolating
'throughout the entire system. It seems
that in the case of the distinguished patient
who is upon his last couch in the old Seward
mansion, neither the doctors nor he knew
for a long time after disease was apparent
that the kidneys were the instruments
chosen by death with which to destroy this
particular victim. When that became ajp
carent Mr. Blaine seemed not to possess
ihe will power which would enable bimfto .
I put himself under a rigid discipline, which
might have prolonged his life for years.
General Schenck was at one time almost
as near death as Mr. Blaine was a few weeks
ago, but by a diet ot skimmed milk and
occasionally a little dry toast, he effected
almost a cure, and prolonged his life for
Mr. TValno Always a Hon Ylvant.
Mr. Blaine was fond of good living, and
he had it. Stimulants of an alcoholic
character are well known to be poison to
diseased kidneys, but at the social assem
blies, where he was always a welcome and
most brilliant gnest, he conld not resist the
rich delicacies of the kitchen nor the fine
wines from the vaults. Not that he ever
took what Is called "too much," but a very
little, a mere glassful, was too much for the
wasted and worn machinery of his system,
which demanded a .return to primitive
nourishment instead Of the toothsome but
death-dealing food of the modern fashion
able table.
With this overwhelming desire to live as
he had been acenstomed to live, Mr. Blaine
coupled a determination to remain in pub
lic life as long as he could. He dreaded
that retirement which meant that he would
be more surely forgotten than if he were
dead. He wauted to die in the harness,
and, as everyone knows, he expected to die
in the harnesss of the President of the
United States.
A Certain Evidence of Decay.
When he resigned his portfolio as Secre
'tary of State, with an austerity which is
yet a subject for wonder and gossip, he
would not have traded his chances for the
Presidency for all the wealth of the
Rockies. His very ambition for the Presi
dency, after having refnsed a nomination
that was in his hands, and when he could
have been elected, was evidence of decay.
He burned again with (his ambition when
his health was such that his life almost de
pended on his being relieved of all labor
and all anxiety, which meant an abandon
ment of all ambition.
Everybody here whose occupation led
him to watch closely the personality of
persons in public life, recognized that the
great man of Maine and Pennsylvania was
not himself, and that he has not had the
keen, quick, sagacious judgment ot his
young manhood and middle age at any time
since his defeat in 1884. Had he possessed
that judgment he would not have permitted
himself to be drawn again into the position
of Secretary of State, to say nothing of his
taking his wild flight of resignation in his
dying ambition to accomplish the Presi
dency. Where Mr. Blaine Was to Blame.
These are facts that may he a well
touched upon now as at any time. His na
tion of admirers has almost a right to blame
him for launching himself into a maelstrom
of work and worry which shortened his
days by many a year for nature is stingy
in her gifts of such men, and thev cannot
live long enough.
A Iriend of Mr. Blaine, one who has been
associated with him in business and one of
his most intimate friends socially, tells me
that the great ex-Secretary returned to
Washington to die. He has always been
timid in regard to his health. He had a pre
monition that tie could not lire through the
winter. He wanted to be at the national
capital, where he had suffered his keenest
disappointments and won his most brilliant
victories and greenest laurels. If that be
true, his approaching-death is surrounded
by an added pathos.
A Day of Torture for Family and Friends
They Throw Aside All Simulation
and Admit They Have Feared Death
for Some Time Heal Condition of the
Dyin; Man Bright' Discaso Surely
Carrying nim OS.
Washington, Dec 18. All day long
the lite of James G. Blaine has hung
trembling in the balance. For more than
an honr in the forenoon hope was aban
doned, and the end was momentarily ex
pected by physicians, family and friends.
All simulation was thrown aside in the ap
parent imminent presence of death, and the
suppressed facts of his illness the long
denied but now admitted Bright's disease,
the occasional intervals of delirium,
the long hours when he has lain
incapable of speech or motion (as it
is now said was the case when Cardinal
Gibbons paid him his recent friendly call)
these and other distressing features of his
illnes? all incidental to the one overpow
ering organic trouble, Bright's disease,
aggravated as this has been of late by a cold
contracted while imprudently venturing
out driving two weeks ago, and by malarial
fever, and confronted by a constitution im
paired by nearly two years of continual
sickness all these things are now tacitly
The physicians assert that there have not
been any bemorrhages.a has been asserted,
but this is almost the only alarming symp
tom which is now denied. The first crisis
was reached between 10 and 11 o'clock this
morning, when a sinking spell set in in
which the worst was feared. His family
were called round the bedside, and his
physicians sent messenger after messenger
to the nearest drug store with prescriptions
requiring hasty attention.
A Slight Bally in the Afternoon.
The distinguished patient lay unconecions
and to all appearances dying until shortly
before 1 o'clock, when a slight rally set in.
His pulse, which had almost ceased to beat,
became again perceptible, and partial
consciousness was restored. At 2 o'clock
his physicians, Drs. Johnston and Hyatt,
considered him so much Improved as to
render their constant presence at the bed
side unnecessary. While there had been
no change in his condition upon which
hopes of ultimate recovery conld be based,
the immediate crisis had passed.
At 2:30 o'clcck this afternoon a' reporter
saw James G. Blaine, Jr., at the family
residence. He said that his father's attack
this morning was very bad and created the
gravest apprehension. His condition be
came so weak that it was feared that in
view of his enfeebled condition a recur
rence must Involve the gravest conse
quences. Mrs. Hale, wife of Senator Hale, of
Maine, one of Mr. Blaine's closest triends,
was at the house for several honrs,,during
the day and made a second call late in the
Senator Hale Talks'of the Crisis,
About 5 o'clock she left, and soon after
Senator Hale called. Mr. Hale's statement
as he left the house, as to Mr. Blaine's con
dition, was that Mr. Blaine seemed a little
more comfortable than he had been earlier
in the day, but that his condition appeared
to be critical,
"It may be," he said, "that he will re
cover, but those who have an interest in
him have reason to be alarmed. In fact,
his condition is alarming. It is difficult to
name the trouble. It is general physical
breaking up. When he takes a cold it
brings on a consuming fever, and he is not
in a condition to withstand it Besides,
there are the ordinary complications. His
mind is perfectly clear."
' The house was lighted up early,' and all
fjjr $itttatts
the lower shutters closed. Drs. Jlyatt and
Johnston, who were to meet at the house
for a consultation between 7 and 8 o'clock,
were sent for just before 5 o'clock. Dr.
Hyatt was the first to arrive. He reached
the house about 5:05 o'clock and was fol
lowed soon by Dr. Johnston. The fact that
both doctors were summoned gave rise to a
rumor that' the patient was suffering from
another attack of exhaustion. This, how
ever, proved to be an error, and the state
ment was authoritatively made at 7 P. M.
that nothing in the nature of a relapse had
The Meaetloti Modifies Apprehension.
While the improvement In Mr. Blaine's
condition is hut slight, and not sufficient to
afford any great amount of encouragement
to his family and friends, the reaction has
seemed to modify the feeling of apprehen
sion for the immediate future. James G.
Blaine, Jr., and Walter E. Damrosch, the
ex-Secretary's son-in-law, walked down the
avenue this evening.
All day representatives of the press have
patrolled Madison Place and carefully
watched the old red mansion which has b
come celebrated for its . historical associa
tions and the fatality with which mis
fortune has followed its occupants. From
the Sickles-Keys traced v which occurred
more than a third of a century ago, followed
by the attempted assassination of Secretary
Seward during the last Tear of the Civil
War, down to the present time, the pall of
in late nas hung over tne mansion, uunng
the less than four years' occupancy or this
house by the Blaine family, the wife of
Colonel Coppinger, Walker Blaine and Em
mons Blaine, the Secretary's promising
sons, have died.
A little after 6:30 o'clock J. G. Blaine,
Jr., came out and said to the reporters:
"We think that father is considerably
better than he was this morning. He was
dangerously ill during the forenoon.
During the afternoon, however, he seems
to have rallied somewhat. The physicians
hare been here this evening, and we now
think that he will live during the night,
and we hope for the best. Still, it must be
said that he is very dangerously ill."
From an intimate friend of the family it
was learned that it was only when Mr. Blaine
was suddenly seized with the sinking spell
this morning, which threatened for some
minutes to terminate in heart failure, that
his family fully realized how near he was to
The last Moment Was Looked For.
For a few seconds he seemed to be in ex
tremis, and the watchers bent anxiously
over him. The emaciated face of the dying
man was white as marble, and his features
sadly drawn. At times he scarcely seemed
to breathe, and at others gasped for
breath. The physicians who had -been hasti
ly summoned wer in the meantime not
idle. They plied him with stimulative cor
dials, the trained nurses chafed his ex
tremities,, and it was only alter working
over the patient for upward of 30 minutes,
and the application ot every art known to
the medical profession, that Mr. Blaine
slowly revived. But the battle with death
found him extremely weak, weaker than at
any time when suffering a relapse. He was
too weak even to whisper and made no sign
of recognition.
The family gathered around the bedside
were all in tears except Mrs. Blaine. She
still maintained outward composure
throughout the trying scene, and calmly
gave such directions to tne attendants as
were necessary. Her will powor, when in
fact her heart was breaking, is described as
something pathetic andmarvelous. What
ever niav neve been Mrs. Blaine's suspi
cions or knowledge of her husband's condi
tion through all the intervening months of
his illness, she Has given no outwara sign
that would indicate that she did not believe
in his future recovery. It has been her
cheerfulness In distressing circumstances
that has soothed her husband's despondency.
A Prey of Late to Despondency.
Of late Jtfr. 31aine'sphyslcal condition
has been such thaVlK has given-way to
despondencv. While manifesting no fear
of death, Mr. Blaine has often said he did
not want to die. "In fact," says an inti
mate friend of the familv, "Mr. Blaine'has
fought death with sublfme heroism. The
world knows how ambitious he was, and
also knows how much he accomplished in
the pursuit of his ambition. And yet he
dies a disappointed, and, I was about to
say, a heart-broken man. But that would
perhaps be putting it too strong. I once
heard him say that after all ambition was
an ignus latuus, and that all the world was
hollow outside of one's family. Then he
would quote these lines by N. .P. Willis:
'What is ambition? 'Tis a glorious cheat
The angels of light walk not so dazzlingly
the sapphire walls of heaven.'
"Mr. Blaine has lived about 62 years, but
when you appreciate what he has passed
through he has lived far beyond three score
and ten. He has been compared in his pub
lic lite with Henry Clay. There is a close
resemblance between Mr. Blaine and that
great tribune of the people. Clay was mag
netic, so is Blaine; each was powerful before
the people and possessed a genial fellow
ship that bound men to them with hooks of
steeL Both had an ambition to be Presi
dent and failed. 1 am inclined to believe,
however, that Mr. Blaine's public career
will stand higher in the esteem of future
generations than that of Mr. Clay. Both
were remarkable men and have left their
lasting impress upon the times in which
they lived."
The Physicians Hope for the Best.
At 9:30 o'clock to-night a reporter had an
interview with Mr. Blaine's attending
physicians, Drs. W. W. Johnston and
Frank Hvatt Speaking for them both,
Dr. Johnston said: "Blaine is distinctly
better to-night than he was last night, and
much better than he was this morning."
"What was the nature of the attack to
day, doctor?"
"It was a failure of his heart to perform
its functions satisfactorily."
"His trouble is. not in his heart?" was
"No, it is not But in the general weak
ness from which Mr. Blaine is suffering all
the organs are affected and the heart makes
manliest the weakness of the whole system.
Mr. .Blaine's condition has been such that
when he takes cold, as he did ten days or
two weeks ago, fever followed, causing a
deterioration of the .system. For some day s
Erior to and including yesterday, however,
e was recovering from the effects ot the
cold and fever and last night he was
entirely free from fever, his pulse
beating strongly and his condition quite
gratifying. This morning, however, he
had an ill turn. His heart-beats became
more indistinct and irregular, and he was
more languid and less observant However,
he. rallied from this condition, those symp
toms disappeared, he has taken nourish
ment during the afternoon and to-night, as
Ijsaid, he is better and brighter. His pulse
is Btronger and the reaction quite marked."
Immediate Death Not Anticipated.
"You apprehend no danger ot immediate
dissolution, then?"
"Ho. On the other hand, if he maintains
his present ability to take nourishment and
and regains sufficient strength to overcome
or obviate future attacks like that of to-day,
there is nothing in his disease that should
carry him off""
Shortly after 11 o'clock P.n a closed
carriage was driven rapidly to the front of
the Blaine mansion, from which alighted
Miss Hattie Blaine, Mrs. Damrosch, Miss
Abigail Dodge ("Gail Hamilton") and Mr.
Damrosch. The ladies were closely veiled,
and ran through the crowd of correspond
ents and others gathered in front of the
house into the ' mansion, followed by James
G. Blaine, Jr., who had jnit returned from
a few minutes' walk. Mr. Blaine, in re
sponse to an inqniry, said his father was
about the same.
Illinois Coal Miners Will Strike.
PzobtA, Dec. 18. The coal miners of
this district will strike Monday for in
creased wages. Several hundred men are
In the Ilistory of the'Catholic
Clrarcli, According' to
Ber. Dr. McGlynn,
Delivered Last Evening by the Apos
tle of Anti-Poverty.
For His Coming Casts Light on Pereral
Disputed i objects.
New Yoke, Dec. ia "Archbishop
Satolli and the School" Question" was the
subject of Dr. McGlynn's address to the
Anti-Poverty people in Cooper Union Hall,
to-night. In view of the new phase which
Dr. McGlynn's relation to the Church has
assumed, it had been expected that there
would be a larger attendance than usual at
this lecture, but the hall was hardly more
than half filled, and there were but few
new faces in the audience.
Dr. McGlynn arrived 15 minutes late.
He began reading what he called a synop
sis of his lecture for the evening. This
synopsis contained in a brief form the sub
stance of his lecture, and when he had fin
ished it he went over the statements and
enlarged upon them.
"I am glad to-night," he said, "to speak
wonls of praise and congratulation for the
address made by Archbishop Satolli, in
the name of the Pope to the Arch
bishops of the United States, which
has been published and of the original
Latin, of which I now hold in my
hand a copy. This address and the pres
ence of Archbishop Satolli here as a dele
gate of the Pope markrthe beginning of a
new and important epoch for the Catholic
Church in the United States. I sincerely
rejoice over what has happened and still
more over what is portending:
The Doctor's Reasons for Rejoicing.
"I rejoice because of my love for the
Cathoho religion, my svmpathy for the best
interest, spiritual and temporal, of my
fellow Catholics, and, by no means least of
all, because of my lore for the best inter
ests of my country. The utterances
and the action of the Pope
through Archbishop Satolli have
already given great comfort to the
hearts of not a few Catholics. How re
freshing it is to hear from Archbishop
Satolli, in the name of the Pope, the forci
ble reminder that it is 'strictly forbidden to
any bishop or priest either actuallv to re
pel or to threaten to repel irom the sacra
ments, as if they were unworthy, parents
who mar ohoose to send their children to
the public schools.'
"Again, how many false notions are
swept away by the authoritative statement
that the Catholic Church, and the Holy See
in particular, do not condemn or neglect,
but positively desire to have pub
lie schools "in -evjerr country suit
able ..to- - the. sIvil5l;cTOditwin, of
the people -for the Cultivation of
letters, arts and natural sciences, and desire
to contribute there to his. benevolent co
operation while safe-guarding the one and
essential point that there shall be nothing
In the system contrary to the truth of the
Christain religion and morality.
Another Reason to Be Glad.
"Last ot all, while not strictly and im
mediately pertinent to the school question,
we Catholics may surely be permitted to
congratulate ourselves upon ths desire
manifested by the Pope to have in
this country an apostolic delegate to
settle promptly and effectually cases that
are not infrequently arising and in which
an appeal or a journey to Rome is so slow,
so difficult, so costly, and frequently, frcm
the necessity of the case, unsatisfactory,
that if the case could be settled by the
Pope's authoritr, but near to the place
where it has arisen, it would be desirable
beyond all measure.
never could forget that Iwas a priest."
Dr. McGlynn said; "I never had any
desire to divest myself of that sacred char
acter. It is as much a part of my nature
as my love for my country. It never
was any part of my religion or of
the theology I learned in Borne
that I need sacrifice the truest
and purest patriotism to religion, for the
reason that true religion can never require
any such sacrifice. Patriotism is a Christian
virtue. So you can imagine with what feel
ings I became aware that men, even in the
name of sweet religion, antagonized insti
tutions so dear to their fellow men. We
Americans thought we knew it all, and now
Archbishop Satolli, that good man, comes
from Borne to teach us something.
Learned in the Confessional.
"Time and time again priests have driven
men and women out of the confessional be
cause they insisted on sending their children
to the public schools. No one will dare to
tell me that that is not true. I know whereof
I speak. I heard it in the confessional my
self, Horn people who had been driven
away from other confessionals. They knew
where to come for sympathy. I have tried
to be a peacemaker rather than an exciter
of strife; I have tried to find good in secu
lar institutions rather than evil. The peo
ple of this country believe in liberty.
They have no desire to oppress Catholics,
either through their schools or any other
public function. Br attempting to embrace
too much, a man ornn organization may ac
complish too little.
"I was confronted by the school question
at the outset of my ministry. I was told
that I must build a parochial school.. The
clergy at that time seemed to feel that
America had no religion except such as waB
brought over by foreigners. They looked
upon it as a misfortune that a man should
be born an American.
One of the State's Functions.
"Education is properly a function of the
State. It must be so for the State's own
preservation. The State must fit its citizens
tor civic, municipal, business and political
life. The Church must teach spiritual
dogma and look after the erring. Did
Christ command us to observe arithmetic,
geography and botany?
"Archbishop Satolli says it Is no part of
true religion to deny the right of the State
to establish its system of education. The
church really desires State public schools.
The former denunciation of publio schools
by Catholic prelates was indecent. Some of
them went so far as to sav that children
would be better off as savages than pupils
in the schools. What, then, was the effi
ciency of their church? How much reli
gion would the children get in the streets?
If Archbishop Satolli's views were to be
ut into effect to-day they would sweep
away all tne parocmai scuoois in tne coun
try' father and Son Killed,
Asheville, N. C, Dec 18. Yesterday
afternoon O. B. Jones was shot and instantly
killed, and his son, Jesse Jones, was shot,
perhaps fatally, in the abdomen, near
Licester, 12 miles west of this place, while
resisting a constable and posse. Jesse
Jones bad refnsed to work the roads, as
'ordered by the authorities.
Cruelties Inflicted Along the Mexican Bor
derUnited States Troops Preparing to
Fight Two Mexicans Killed by Texas
Laredo, Tex, Dec. 18. Two troops of
United States cavalry, under Captains
Chase and Hunter, have arrived here to
take part in the campaign against the revo
lutionists. A dlpatch received here last night states
that General Zestenz Bocha, military in
structor at Chapultepec, Mexico, is missing
and has not been heard of in five days. His
absence may be significant during the pres
ent nprising. He is a very prominent gen
tleman in the Mexican army and could, if
saw proper, lead a larger faction against
the present administration than any other
man in the Republic.
A dispatch received here to-day states
that a detachment of Captain Brooks' Com
pany of State Eangers, while scouting Star
county, captured two Mexicans well armed
and equipped. Thev were arrested on sus
picion of being bandits, but were released,
as they told an apparently straight;
story. Immediately on the release they
opened fire on the Bangers. The latter re
turned the fire with a volley from their
Winchesters, which completely riddled
both Mexicans with bullets, killing them
instantly. It has since been ascertained
that the Mexicans were members of the
band of revolutionists which recently in
vaded Mexico.
During the fight opposite San Ignacio
Captain Segnr, ot the Mexican troops, see
ing he was being particularly hard pushed
to better protect himself, as it was a hand
to hand fight, went into a "jackal" and
fought from there with guns and pistols
There was in the "jackal" a woman and
three children. The Captain called to the
revolutionists asking that woman and chil
dren might go out unharmed, but the. reply
was "No." The woman thought she would
Lstei'JtflHt .with. th UM'-e'n' bt e ap-
pearea ac tne aoor soc was snot uuna
and the children ran back. The revolu
tionists were unable to dislodge the Captain
from his quickly chosen fortress, and they
set fire to the "jackal," which drove the
Captain out As he made his appearance
he was shot dead, his body thrown back into
the burning building. The three children
were penned in the house by the fire and
burned to death. The bodies of dead
soldiers were thrown into the flames and
when the troops from Guerrero went to
bury the dead they found some of the
bodies burned to a crisp.
Another woman, the wife of a non-commissioned
officer, undertook to escape by
crossing the Bio Grande to Texas, but she
was seen about the middle of the stream
and shot She sank beneath the waters and
her body bad not been found at last ac
counts. There are a number of wounded men
at San Ignacio all Mexican troops. Only
two of the revolutionists were killed and
one wounded so far as can be learned.
Ireland Dedicates a Church and Condemns
Negroes' Social Ostracism.
St. Paul, Minn., Dee. 1& Archbishop
Ireland dedicated this morning with great
pomp and ceremony the new church of St
Peter Claver, for the Bpecial use of colored
Catholics. The church is a very pretty ed
ifice, quite large in proportions and costing
$8,000. The congregation of colored Catho
lics was organized five years ago with a
membership of seven. It now counts sev
eral hundred, all converts to the Catholic
faith and bids fair to increase very rapidly
in the future. Bev. E. Casey is the pastor.
The Arehbishop, in his discourse, de
nounced in strong words the social ostra
cism from which the colored people suffer,
declaring it contrary to humanity, to the
Christian religion and to the spirit of the
American Bepublic. The Catholic Church,
he said, is opposed by her principles and
her historv to ail discrimination because of
race or color. An immense crowd, lots ot
colored people and whites, witnessed the
ceremonies of dedication.
Philadelphia Politicians Want District At
torney Graham for U. S. Senator.
Philadelphia, Dec. 18. In an open
letter addressed to the Eepublican mem
bers of the State Legislature, State Senator
Frank M. Eiter earnestly advocates the
election to the United States Senate of
George S. Graham, District Attorney
for Philadelphia, and asks his fel
low members of the Legislature to
give Mr. Graham their support
In his letter Senator Eiter savs that Mr.
Graham has all the qualifications to give
him a commanding position in the United
States Senate, and that ne would do honor
to Pennsylvania in that body.
The Philadelphia Picss will support Mr.
Eiter in his advocacy of Mt. Graham's can
didacy, and to-morrow open the fight with
a vigorous editorial in support of the Dis
trict Attorney.
Doctor Will Urge the suspension of Im
migration. Chicago, Dec 18. Dr. J. H. Eauch, a
leading member of the American Public
Health Association and ex-Secretary of the
Illinois State Board of Health, arrived in
Chicago to-day-from Mexico, where he at
tended a convention of the association.
He said there was a consensus of opinion
that, without the utmost vigilance, cholera
would secure an entrance to this country
next cummer, aud that a depntation had
Ibeen,appolnted to urge Congress it suspend
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The Peculiar Physical Deformities of a
Rhode Island Woman.
Pawttjcket, E. L, Dec 18. Eose Don
ohue died here Friday aged 47. She was
stricken with paralysis at the age of 9, and
for 38 years had not left the little crib in
which her three feet of body reposed, nor
during that time had there been an appar
ent growth in the Hmb9, shoulders or
After a time her feet became locked, one
on top of the other, and knit together so
that the right foot, which was beneath the
left, could hardly be seen. Nevertheless
her head grew as rapidly to its proper pro
portions as that of a person who enjoyed
perfect physical health. He hands were
palmless, and the four fingers on her right
hand and the three on her left were bone
less bits of flesh, six inches long. Her
memory was remarkably clear and her eyes
beamed with brightness and intelligence.
She was a constant reader of religious
works, and remembered everthing which
she read and would repeat it from memory.
She devoted all of her time to reading
works of eminent Catholics and in prayer.
Although she never expressed it when peo
ple called on her, it could be plainly seen
from ber manner that she was ill at ease
when gazed at too long. In regard to her
condition she wonld never say a word, and
was always as happy and contented as pos
A Girl Accidentally Shoots and Kills Her
Aunt InKIttanning.
KlTTANNING, PA., Dec. ia Special.
At 9 o'clock this morning a Miss Celia
Boyd, 19 years old, who was visiting at the
house of her aunt, Mrs. Philip Boyd, re
peated the 'didn't know it was loaded"
tragedy- The story of the shooting as told
"by file' girl Is as yet uncontradicted, as the
only other witness of the occurrence made
no statement
Miss Boyd said they were talking about
carrying pistols and she had said she in
tended to bny one. A son of Mrs. Boyd,
who was present, had a revolver and al
lowed the girl to take it She says she held
it toward the floor and snapped it, and find
ing the chamber was empty she snapped it
twice in succession, not talcing care to keep
it turned away from the others, as she sup
posed, the pistol was empty after finding
there was no load in the first three cham
bers. When she pulled the trigger the
fourth time the weapon banpenert to be
pointed at Mrs. Phillips. There was a re
port and her sunt tell with a bullet in her
orain. The shot struck her fairly between
the eyes. The girl ran for a doctor, but he
could do nothing, and the woman died in 20
Although there is no evidence that the
shooting was other than purely unin
tentional, the frightened girl was arrested
and taken before 'Squire Simpson, who
committed her to jail tor a hearing to-morrow
A Pretty Beaver County Girl Outwits Tier
Angry Father.
East Liverpool, Dec 18. Special
A pretty Beaver county girl has outwitted
her lynx-eyed father and married the man
of her choice
Friday night, about 10 o'clock, Elsie
Dunn, yiughter of a farmer named Dunn,
living about 18 miles from this place,
eloped with Francis M. Eeed, a young
farmer, and drove to the West Virginia
side of the river opposite here. E. D.
Marshall, an attorney, living near here,
had secured a license for the couple nearly
a month ago. The trio were rowed across
the river in a skiff, about 4 o'clock in the
morning, and were married in Marshall's
office bv the Eev. Mr. Marshall, a Presby
terian minister. After a wedding break
fast, the couple returned to Eeed's home.
Monday night Miss Dunn went to visit a
friend in" Phillipsbnrg, expecting to elope
from there. But her father was suspicious
and compelled her to return home. The old
gentleman had threatened to shoot Eeed if
he persisted in his attentions to his
He Is to Be Made an A sslstant Postmaster
Albany, N. Y., Dec 18. Special
Eobert A. Maxwrll, of Batavia. is to be
made Assistant Postmaster General under
the new national administration. This in
formation was given out from
sources this evening. Mr.
served as State Treasurer
terms, having been elected
for two
in 1881
and 1883. He wanted a third term, but on
the promise of being taken care of in 1885,
gave way to Lawrence J. Fitzgerald, who
was nominated and elected State Treasurer.
In January, 1880, when John A. McCall
retired as "Superintendent ot Instruction,
Mr. Maxwell was nominated by Governor
Hill and confirmed by the Senate. He
served his full term and. a year over it
In January, 1891, Governor Hill sent the
name ot James Pierce into the Senate to
succeed Mr. Maxwell, and Mr. Pierce was
immediately confirmed. Since then Mr.
Maxwell has been floating about trying to
catch on.
Stevenson Starts South.
Bloominoton, III., Dec 18. Vice
President-elect Stevenson and partylett to
night on his Southern trip. He is accom
panied by Mrs. Stevenson, his three
daughters and brother John C. Stevenson,
Hon. Jas. & Ewing. John T. Lltiard and
wife, of this city; (Judge W. G, Ewing, of
Chicago. ,
Worrying the Newly-Elected
Congressmen "Who Are
Kot of His Clipe
And Those Who Can't Get Them Are
Inclined to Protest.
More Candidates to the Square Foot
Than for Many States Where Demo
cratic Majorities Were Boiled Up
Slpe, Krlbbs and Sibley Want to Divide
Up the Patronage of the Western End.
of the State The Democratic Con
gressmen Well .Scattered Harrity's
Chance for Bevenge on McAleer
Failure of the Chairman In His Inter
ference In District of Columbia Affairs,
trsoji A staft cop.nEsrovoEVT.l
Washington; Dec. 18. Though Penn
sylvania refused to join in the universal
gravitation of things in the direction of
free silver and free trade, it is probable
that no State of the Union will give Presi
dent Cleveland more trouble in regard to
its appointments. Why there should be a
Democratic party in Pennsylvania at all,
when its interest in protection is consid
ered, may not appear at a glance, but now
that the administration has fallen into the
hands of that party the old Keystone State
comes up with as broad and hopeful a grin
as Texas or Missouri, and with more candi
dates to the sqnare foot for the little and
big offices within the gift of Cleveland than
any other State, so far as heard from.
Democrats so rarely get anything ia
Pennsylvania that when the chance comes
they tumble over each other through haita
and number. The pressure is so great
npon the Democratic members from that
State that these gentlemen are already tak
ing counsel as to what part they shall in
sist upon playing in the distribution of pat
ronage. Harrltv Will Hold All the Reins.
It is already patent that Mr. Harrity,
Chairman of the National Democratio Com
mittee, will use his position and the
prestige of party success under his direc
tion, to add to the streneth of his State ma
chine by controlling the appointment of
bis own men to the offices which must be
filled by Presidental bestowal. This is
agreeable to some of the members, pro
vided the Chairman does not interfere in
their particular districts, bnt to others who
have not been, and are not, of the Harrity
machine, the prospect is decidedly irri
tating. There is Mr. Sipe, for instance, who has
not been of tbft Jiarrity faction, but who,
with Mr. Krlbbs, of Clarion, and Mr. Sib
ley, of Crawford if the latter be admitted
to" the charmed circle of the DemocraU
after running on four tickets should logic
sllv control the Government appointments
for all Western Pennsylvania. There is a
District Attorney, a Marshal, a Surveyor
of Customs, a Pension Agent and a Col
lector of Internal Eevenue, as well as a lot
of minor appointments or a special charac
ter, to say nothing of the countless post
masters. Some of the Chairman's Theories.
Mr. Harrity holds, it is said, that mem
bers of the popular D ranch of Congress can
assert the right to control the patronage of
nothing else than their own districts. They
cannot fairly claim it to be their right to
dictate the appointment of officials whose
jurisdiction extends over a large section of
the State, its limits being far outside of
their districts No one of the members
will claim such a privlleee, but if the con
sultations that are now going on among the
Democratic members in regard to this ques
tion do not utterly fall of the pnmose, jt
will be asserted that the several Democratio
members residing in a judicial, a revenne,
a customs or a pension district, shall have
the power to say who shall be appointed to
the offices of those districts.
Were there a Democratic Senator he
would assert his right to distribute this
important patronage, but in default of such
representative the members of the House
will not admit that the Chairman of anr
committee, or any mere State official, shall
act the part of a Senator, and build up a
machine br dictating all of the important
government appointments in the State.
Democrats Distributed Over the State.
Although two-thirds of the districts of
the State are Eepublican, the Democrats
who were elected to the next House are
well distributed over the State, and those
living in each of what may be termed the
governmental districts of the State may in
combination not only fairly claim the pat
ronage of those districts, but also a hear
ing in regard to the postoffices in counties
which will be represented by Eepublican
Congressmen. For example, nothing
would be more natural than that Mr. Sipa
should assert that his is the dower of pat
ronage in the matter ot the postoffices of
Pittsburgh and Allegheny, since he is of
Allegheny county, though neither of the
offices is within the limits of his Congres
sional district.
If there were no factions in the Demo
cratic partv in the State, or if the factional
quarrels had been less bitter in the recent
past, the solemn duty of turning out the
Eepublican rascals and putting in the Dem
ocratic saints might be performed with,
such love between all parties aa would be
affecting to witness. But it is a fact that
less than one-half of the Democrats elected
to the next House are in touch with Har
rity, who has in view the Napoleonic ambi
tion of conquering the whole of Pennsyl
vania by means of the whole of the patron
age. Harrity's Revenge on SIcAIeer.
In Harritv's own city of Philadelphia
"Bold Billy McAleer" was elected in spite
of the fact that Harrity defeated his re
nomination. Mr. McAleer is therefore in
harmonious touch with Harnty, aud will
doubtless claim to represent the whole of
Philadelphia and something more. Mc
Aleer might fairly claim to hold the office
of Senator for the eastern part of the State,
so 'many millions does he represent In his
solitary glory as the one Democratic mem
ber from the great Quaker City.
The game of Mr. Harrity, however, is
not to appear to personally dictate the ap
pointment', but to call to his aid the lead
ing Democrats of the Eepublican Congres
sional districts who are his reliable friends
and assert their right, in the absence of
Democratic members, to control the patron
age. Of course his hand will be recognized
in anv move that he makes, and Democratio
leaden of the opposite taction in the Ee
publican districts will claim equal rights
with the friends of Mr. Harrity.
Thn the contests over the offices In the
I Congressional districts which will be repre.

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